Monday, January 18, 2010
Capt Carriker joined The Boeing Company in February 1990 as a production pilot and became senior engineering pilot for the 737 in September 1990. In June 1998, he became chief project pilot for the 737 program.In June 2001, Carriker assumed the title of Sonic Cruiser chief project pilot and in that role transitioned to the 787 program in January 2003. Carriker has participated in all Boeing flight test programs since joining the company. For example, he completed more than 500 hours of 777 testing. Carriker served as assistant project pilot for the Joint Strike Fighter program during the design and proposal phases. He also was captain on the first flights of the Boeing Next-Generation 737-600 and 737-900 and first officer for the first flight of the Boeing Business Jet. Carriker also flies the 1933 airliner the Boeing 247D and the B-17F for Seattle’s Museum of Flight, the 1940 Boeing 307 and the Boeing Helio-Courier. He has more than 7,500 flight hours. Before joining Boeing, Carriker was a U.S. Navy pilot, flying A7-Es and F18s. He has more than 300 carrier landings in the A7-E. Carriker is a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School. After a tour as a Navy test pilot, he was an instructor at the U..S. Navy Test Pilot School and an instructor at the Empire Test Pilot School at Boscombe Down, England. In 2002, Carriker received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Octave Chanute award for outstanding contributions to aeronautics. Carriker earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Wichita State University in 1978. Carriker holds type ratings in all current Boeing production airplanes.